Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress
As soon as I saw this Kuruyultu fabric designed by Aboriginal artist, Eunice Napanangka Jack, I pre-ordered it from Ikuntji Artist straight away. It is a tencel linen in brick red colour, the design was printed in white ink. The tencel linen from Ikuntji has a tight weave, so the hand feel differs from what you would expect. Still, it’s very nice to wear and drapes nicely.
I had in mind a pants pattern but my measurements have gone wild recently, which really demotivated me from making a pair of pants out of this expensive fabric when I can’t fit them properly. So I changed my mind and made the Tried and Tested Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress instead.
I used to be off the size chart of Megan Nielsen’s patterns in the past, but it’s wonderful that Megan has started to update their size range, making them more inclusive. The Darling Ranges Dress has been updated to an expanded size range, I received the updated files but I didn’t bother to reprint it. I just used the copy I graded from XS previously and it worked just fine. I lengthened the skirt by turning the hem up 2.5cm instead of 5cm and it’s the perfect length!
I spent a lot of time marking and cutting the fabric. I want to make sure that the dress shows off the print, and I’m so glad I spent that time. I’m very happy with the placement!
I made the gathered skirt version with the short sleeves. The tight weave of the fabric made it impossible to set in the sleeves without puckering. So I just embraced it and pushed the gather towards the shoulder seams. It’s now a design feature 🙂
In the photos, I was wearing it with the Swedish Hasbeens Kringlan heels, but it would work just as well in a pair of Oxford or ankle boots during cooler months.
I absolutely adore this dress, and I’m happy that I did this beautiful fabric justice.